July 27, 2000Numerous Brands of Bottled
Spring Water May be Contaminated
Warning issued for western
expanded, for latest information click here.
PA (SafetyAlerts) - The Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today urged Western Pennsylvania residents
not to drink bottled water from gallon containers labeled Foodland Spring Water, lot
numbers 1155 and 1141, expiration June 28, 2002, bottled by Global Beverage
Systems Inc. of Latrobe, Westmoreland County.
Coliform, a bacteria that can cause
flu-like symptoms, was found in three containers. DEP also has asked Foodland to
remove all gallon bottles of Foodland Spring Water, bottled by Global Beverage Systems,
from store shelves today.
Global Beverage Systems bottled the water without a permit on a line not approved for
bottling water, DEP Southwest Regional Director Chuck Duritsa said. We are investigating
how coliform got into the bottles and why the company was operating without a permit. We
have ordered Global Beverage to immediately cease bottling or supplying any drinking
In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms they feel are related to drinking this particular
brand of bottled water should call the Allegheny County Health Department at (412)
687-ACHD or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
Three one-gallon bottles sampled by the Allegheny County Health Department showed
extremely high levels of coliform. The samples were taken after an Allegheny County man
reported to the Health Department that he became sick after drinking the water.
Samples taken by the water supplier, Roaring Spring of Blair County, have shown no
coliform levels in the water placed in the bulk trucks. Roaring Spring supplies the water
that was hauled by tanker truck to Global Beverage Systems.
No one else has reported illnesses related to drinking the water. Global Beverage had been
issued a permit by DEP to construct a water-bottling facility, but not a permit to begin
For more information visit the Pennsylvania website at www.dep.state.pa.us.
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